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Family fun, classic board game play, teamwork, storytelling and of course…HERBS!
Family fun, classic board game play, teamwork, storytelling and of course…HERBS!
Ages 4 to Adult • 1 to 4 Players • Made in the USA
When our son Rowan was little, we always wanted to play the nature and cooperative games with him. However, he always pulled out Candyland or Chutes & Ladders.
Then it hit us! Why not make a nature-based educational game featuring all the things kids love about those timeless board games? Also, why not make cooperative play even MORE fun than competitive play? Wildcraft was born!
Now, everyone can share their passion for plants with their kids and grandkids in a way that brings everyone together.
Grandma needs huckleberries to bake a pie. You and your cousins embark on an adventure up the mountain to collect berries as well as herbs she uses.
Will you all harvest the right plants to help with the trouble you run into along the way?
Will you make it back before nightfall?
The only way to win is by helping each other out.
Wildcraft! teaches you 25 important edible and medicinal plants and their uses in mostly first aid situations. (Wildcrafting is the harvesting of wild plants)
It also teaches team work, for you will rely on each other’s knowledge of plants and good fortune to make it to the Huckleberry Patch and safely back to Grandma’s.
Wildcraft! is a great introduction to the world of edible and medicinal herbs for children of ALL ages.
It’s a beautifully illustrated, nature based, cooperative game created in the tradition of the classic board games.
What do kids love most in board games?
Remember the slides, short cuts and ladders in Candyland or Chutes and Ladders? When you were a kid playing board games, weren’t these your favorite parts?
Well, Wildcraft! has waterfalls to slide down, logs to cross and deer trails to wander down.
We designed Wildcraft! in the tradition of the classic board games.
Naturalist and artist Beatriz Mendoza uses vibrant watercolors to create a colorful and playful world for Wildcraft! Click the photo to enlarge the Board.
26 plants are featured on 52 cards. The plant cards show the level of detail needed for identification in the field.
Plants include: Nettle, Yellow Dock, Wild Mustard, Huckberry, Dandelion, Comfrey, Cottonwood, Caledula, Echinacea, Chamomile, Field Mint, Wild Rose, St. Johnswort, Horsetail, Yarrow, Herb Robert, Elder, Burdock, Cattail, Coltsfoot, Valerian, Plantain, White Willow, Chickweed, Jewelweed, Catnip
There are 52 trouble cards.
The icons on these cards match up with the icons on the Plant Cards. That’s how you know what plant can help with your trouble card. This way, even little kids can play!
Wildcraft! includes the following:
The game also comes with a fun, downloadable story to enhance the player’s understanding of wildcrafting herbs!
Wildcraft! designer, Kimberly Gallagher, M.Ed. has a passion for storytelling. Not only is there a story surrounding the game concept, stories are also infused into the playing experience. You can chose to download a free storybook that goes with the game. When players get to a “rest space,” they can choose to read the accompanying story! The stories teach players about plants, safety, and sustainable and ethical harvesting.
Wildcraft! brings you through several ecosystems while you are going up the mountain. Plants on the board are positioned in the ecosystems they would naturally grow in. Therefore, players are learning about plants, where they grow, and what to use them for on several levels.
Wildcraft! fosters a connection to nature. Before you know it, you and your kids will be identifying plants in the park or yard… and you’ll find yourself saying, “Hey! That’s chickweed! I can eat that AND use it to heal a wound.”
Well, this is obvious, but we wanted to mention that the game teaches plant uses on a food and first aid level. Chronic health issues are not addressed. How to properly use the plants, when to pick them, and what parts to use are not addressed in the game.
Wildcraft! keeps it simple and keeps it safe!
Since the game is “icon” driven, once your child has played once or twice, they can play on their own.
No reading is required. Older kids and adults will get A LOT from this game. However, even if your 5 year old isn’t reading, they are “patterning” on what the plants look like and what you can use them for. You can also make up simpler rules for the wee ones.
And NO prior knowledge of plants is needed.
A portion of the proceeds from this game benefit United Plant Savers.
Their mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.
Wildcraft! is great family fun. Gather up the kids, bring out the board game, and learn about medicinal and edible plants in the most fun way imaginable.
This is wonderfully cooperative game where everyone is a winner and everyone learns something about plants!
Wildcraft is a blast! Green cooperation, herbs, healing, eating and lots of fun.
If only I had this when I was growing up in London, I might have become a herbalist by now….
I love your herbal game! A youngin’ I played with took to the game like a duck in water. No reading of the rules really needed. He was bouncing all over the place finding the herbs which matched his troubles and so easily giving cooperation to others to help them move up the board or identify and give them needed herbs.
The herb drawings are wonderful – just enough detail to recognize – the uses for the troubles great with the variety of possibilities, the colors vibrant, the play cooperative, teaching, fun and suspenseful all wrapped up together in one fun time!!!
I found a game I love the best. My daughter and I play this more than any other board game in the house. Now she remembers more about herbs from our wilderness walks. At age six, she knows more binomial spelling than any school curriculum covers. She learned telling time from the way the moon moves, we both laugh at our “troubles” on the path and delight in our creativity as we use whatever herbs we gathered to heal each other. Everyone in our family says “Yes” to spending free time on An Herbal Adventure. Plus, concern for Grandma, the role-playing, and the visual beauty of the game spark our love of Art and family. After years spent playing and teaching cooperative games from the Findhorn community, I found a game I love the best.
I teach herbs and find this a very easy and non-intimidating way to get everyone looking at their “weeds” differently. Helps people to learn that some of those so called weeds, are actually quite useful. A wonderful introduction for anyone who is even remotely curious about a safe game for all ages where everyone comes out a winner. I enjoy it as a fun family game once in a while, and use it for fun classes for my herb students who are just beginning, and as a refresher of common basics to the more advanced. If you have an avid outdoors person, camper, hiker, child, gardener or anyone who is outside or heck – alive – then consider this safe, fun and learning game.
Wildcraft is our family’s favorite game for the wholesomeness of its purpose: hiking in a woodland setting to pick huckleberries for pie at Grandma’s house. All along the way, identify and collect native growing herbs that can be used for healing any ailments that come up along the way. Our family loves playing this game and it has encouraged us to get out in nature and recreate the game in real life. This is not a watered down pointless child’s game, but one that in infused with meaning and purpose. Nature awareness and appreciation is sorely lacking and this game introduces it in a very engaging way. Reading is not required because of the symbols for young children to match the illustrations with one another.
I bought this board game for myself (50 years old) because I learn best through pictures and interactive material and I wanted to learn more about herbs. My 4 year old niece LOVED it and was faster than me in identifying the herbs that helped with different remedies. She is very competitive so it was great to have a game with a cooperative component in which all win as long as we help each other along the way. The game has a chutes and ladders type layout and is very beautifully illustrated.
This is an amazing game to teach kids about herbs. The artwork is gorgeous, the game isn’t difficult to learn and it’s well worth the cost! So glad I found it!
We are new to the world of herbal medicines so when I was looking for an easy introduction, I found Wildcraft! WONDERFUL game! My 7 and 8 year old boys beg to play it, even before breakfast! :) At first they were disappointed that no one “won” since it is a cooperative game, but when we got back to Grandma’s house before lunch, they were hooked. The second time we played was more challenging with more setbacks. I told them that at least there wasn’t a space that said we lost all our huckleberries and had to go back up the mountain! It’s amazing how much we’ve learned about herbs and their uses in a fun way. No, it’s not an in-depth study, but something even better. It sparks in us a desire to “read more about it.” Now I’ll hear one of my sons say, “Have you tried some echinacea for that?”
This game is different from any other board game my family and I have ever played and we are avid game players. It is not competitive and yet leaves you with a sense of achievement when you are through. It is educational teaching us the various uses for different herbs we come across, leaving us with the desire to learn even more about herbs! Very beautiful art as well, not mention the game itself has many uses!
This is not a corny game or hippie game. My conservative, hesitant, elderly aunt played it and loved it. Kids or people of all ages will learn alot and enjoy this game. Takes very reasonable amount of time to play. Keeps your interest and moves along well.
I love that this game encourages cooperation rather than teaching kids to win at all costs. We have had this game for a few months now, and it is one of our kids favorite – and I love that we are all learning about herbalism each time we play. We go hiking and camping a lot, and its great to have a game that we can play during the rainy seasons that helps fuel our families love of the outdoors.
I am always on the lookout for cooperative games and this one did not disappoint me. The game itself is gorgeous, and it’s also very educational. It allows my children to learn about herbs in a fun manner. I enjoy playing this game because I learn something too.
Wildcraft! has many of the things I look for in a game… It’s educational, easy to use, beautiful to look at, you learn a lot about herbs…and you laugh a lot.
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Coyotes Guide to Connecting with Nature & What the Robin Knowsauthor Jon Young takes you behind the scenes of Wildcraft! and LearningHerbs.
If you are interested in this game, chances are you are interested in learning how to connect your kids with nature.
Why are relationships with nature more important than information? What is Nature Deficit Disorder and does your child have it?
What is the number one secret to nature connection? It’s something that took Jon decades of teaching to discover.
In this insightful 60 minute audio interview, Jon covers how to discover your child’s passions and connect with them in nature.
Jon’s world acclaimed Art of Mentoring curriculum is the engine of LearningHerb’s teaching methodology. You get a first hand glimpse under the hood to not only see how and why we do what we do, but also how you can empower yourself to mentor others.
All bonuses are digital files that are downloadable immediately after purchase.
We are so absolutely sure you’ll love this game, that if you don’t, we’ll refund your money and you can KEEP the game and bonus items.
We are soooo proud of this product. Everyone who has played it, loves it.
Why do we make such a bold offer?